Dining Out for Life 2011

Comments 179 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The annual Dining Out for Life (“DOFL”) campaign returns this year across North America and in Vancouver it will benefit A Loving Spoonful and Friends for Life. When you go out to eat at a participating restaurant on March 24th, they will donate 25% of sales to these AIDS service organizations. Sumac Ridge Estate Winery will also donate $1 from every bottle sold during the month of March to these causes.

Weekend in Tofino, B.C. - Sept. 2010
Photo credit: John Bollwitt

There are over 230 participating restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Fraser Valley that will be offering either breakfast, lunch, or dinner menu options for DOFL participants. You can either call to make a reservation or make an online booking where possible.

To raise awareness this year, Dining Out for Life has arranged a Listel Jazz Package giveaway for my readers including:

Accommodation for two in an art-infused Gallery Floor room at the Listel, a $100 CDN gift certificate for dinner in the award-winning O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar (with live jazz 7 nights a week), and the O’Doul’s Jazz CD “Take Time”, featuring Vancouver’s top jazz performers for your personal collection.

Here’s how you can enter to win this prize, valued at over $400:

  • Leave a comment on this post with the name of a participating restaurant (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • I entered to win a #Dine4Life @OdoulsonRobson Jazz Package from @DineOut4LifeVan & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/4bNZG

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Thursday, March 17th at 12:00pm.

    Update The winner is Tracy (@tkwan23) – congratulations!

    179 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. LawrenceThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 9:47am PST

      Abigail’s Party is a participating DOFL restaurant

    2. Tracey FlattesThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 9:49am PST

      Participating restaurant (and one I love) is Chambar!

    3. LindaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 9:51am PST

      I always go for dining out for life restaurants and i’m glad gotham’s steakhouse is participating

    4. sueThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 9:56am PST

      I must say that’s a great list, but then it’s a great cause. The Mussels are a must have at Cork ‘n Fin , so I’ll go with that!

    5. DebbieThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:02am PST

      seeing as they are so kind to offer the dining certificate in this excellent contest, I will have to go with O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar!

    6. MJ AnkenmanThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:03am PST

      Wow so many great restaurants to choose from…The teahouse is always a fave and this is a great reason to go for dinner on March 24th. It’s on my calendar.

    7. michelleThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:05am PST

      I love Bin 941/942 and glad to see that they’re participating. 😀

    8. Edmund ChaseThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:06am PST

      Jazz and fine food sounds like there’s only one place to be…O’Douls will be my choice.

    9. GenThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:09am PST

      This is another great excuse to hit up Brown’s in Kits!

    10. BrendaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:27am PST

      Abigail’s Party !

    11. EmmaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:31am PST

      Au Petit Chavignol is participating!

    12. MeghanThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:33am PST

      One of my favourite Dining Out for Life restaurants is Fishworks!

    13. LisaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:37am PST

      burgoo bistro is!

    14. MacThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:08am PST

      Bin 941 is delicious! Glad to see so many great restaurants participating!

    15. KelseyThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:13am PST


    16. GraceThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:17am PST

      Las Margaritas is a fun place! good food too 🙂

    17. Vanessa SmitlenerThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:18am PST

      Charlie Don’t Surf is a White Rock institution! I grew up in White Rock, and whenever I go back to visit this is a favourite place of mine to go to and reminisce.

    18. raincoasterThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:30am PST

      This is the only way I’ll ever be able to afford C, so there you go; gotta support the cause.

    19. MaryanneThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:41am PST

      Hoping to hit up El Barrio in east van!

    20. RachelThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:44am PST

      Love La Brasserie!

    21. JAKThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:49am PST

      Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House — one of my favourite date places to go with my wife!

    22. belindaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:55am PST

      The Eatery

    23. TracyThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:56am PST

      Bistrot Bistro

    24. JasThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 12:15pm PST

      McLean’s Restaurant

    25. MaryanneThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 12:19pm PST

      Dining out for life. Such amazing fundraising for such an important cause. Even with so many amazing places to discover, I <3 the standby in my hood, hamburger marys.

    26. CeciThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 12:29pm PST

      C Restaurant

    27. LesleyThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 12:46pm PST

      Ooh I’ve always wanted to try burgoo…

    28. Richard WThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 12:58pm PST

      Love Joe Fortes! It is cool to know that they are participating!

    29. BradThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 1:12pm PST

      O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar!

    30. KevinThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 1:15pm PST

      I do this every year… Gotta love CRU!

    31. JustinThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 1:17pm PST

      I like Chambar!

    32. JessicaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 1:31pm PST

      Chambar (a standout in the Vancouver dining scene).

    33. IainThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 1:53pm PST

      Mozarts Bakery & Cafe

    34. A.J.Thursday, March 10th, 2011 — 1:59pm PST

      The Cork & Fin is on the list! I just saw them on twitter a few days ago and it peaked my interest.

      Definitely a nice prize package!

    35. TimThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 1:59pm PST

      Biercraft on Cambie or Commercial!

    36. BrendaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 2:01pm PST

      I love Campagnolo! Great cured meats. Yum.

    37. TawcanThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 2:31pm PST

      The Eatery is on the list! YUM!

    38. VanessaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 2:59pm PST

      I would love to try eating at The Flipside!

    39. Steven BarringhamThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 3:06pm PST

      Al Porto Ristorante

    40. JuliaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 3:26pm PST

      Nice to see Hy’s Steakhouse Whistler on this list! Absolutely love jazz + great food – what an awesome prize package!

    41. ScottThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 3:27pm PST

      Incendio is quite good.

    42. KatieThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 3:34pm PST


    43. Rachael QThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 3:39pm PST

      Burgoo Bistro (any one of their three locations.

    44. AnneThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 4:13pm PST

      Chambar is participating!

    45. GeraldThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 4:22pm PST

      Takis’ Taverna has the best greek food in town and is a great place to meet up with a group of friends!

    46. JodiThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 4:30pm PST

      Adesso Bistro

    47. Aileen RThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 4:51pm PST

      Howe Sound Brew Pub/Restaurant is a participant. I was sooo addicted to their yam fries with their ailoi mmmmmmmmmmm yummers! Oh and they have a burger for even the most interesting taste buds!

    48. DavidThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 5:18pm PST

      C Restaurant Tel: 604-681-1164 is one of my Favorite place because not only it has great food it is also Ocean wise and Eco-friendly

    49. TeresaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 6:15pm PST

      I like Carmelo’s.

    50. Danielle ScottThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 7:33pm PST

      Sanafir Restaurant & Lounge I went here recently and it had great food and service!

    51. LindaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 7:55pm PST

      COAST O Lounge

    52. RebeccaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 8:01pm PST

      So many great places! I like Wild Rice and Shaktea!

    53. RobinThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 8:03pm PST

      Burgoo! Yum!

    54. MeghanThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 8:03pm PST

      Abigail’s Party – I love their cocktails!

    55. LoriThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 8:22pm PST

      Fish House…yum!

    56. darcyThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 8:29pm PST

      Chilli House

    57. EnnieThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 9:14pm PST

      Abigail’s Party

    58. Jeannette JorgensonThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:10pm PST

      La Bodega Restaurant, has been on my to do list. will make it happen during DOFL! 🙂

    59. EricaThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 10:51pm PST

      The Cork & Fin!

    60. Dianne ChowThursday, March 10th, 2011 — 11:33pm PST

      One of my favorite restaurants on the list is Provence.

    61. kylie CFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 12:28am PST

      Seasons in the Park – it’s classic!

    62. shaman71Friday, March 11th, 2011 — 12:29am PST

      Thai House in North Van is always my family’s favorite, so I’ll go with that.

    63. JenniferFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 8:42am PST

      Boneta is on the list and I’ve always wanted to eat there.

    64. BettyFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 8:49am PST

      La Brasserie! Best Burgers

    65. EdFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 10:00am PST

      100 nights

    66. lindawwwwFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 10:48am PST

      One of my favourite restaurants on the list – The Fish House in Stanley Park

    67. nocalFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 10:58am PST

      Great Restaurant!!

    68. stephanieFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 1:23pm PST

      Chambar is on the list. I have always wanted to go there. I have taken a cooking class at the Dirty Apron and loved it.

    69. SophiaFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 1:37pm PST

      I have been wanting to try Boneta since forever!

    70. AlyshaFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 1:39pm PST

      Bin 942!!!!! Amazing!!!

    71. ParkerFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 1:43pm PST

      Boneta would be a fabulous night out!

    72. LoriFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 2:55pm PST

      Wow! Restaurant: C Restaurant

    73. GaryFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 2:55pm PST


    74. Murray IngenthronFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 3:59pm PST


    75. JohnFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 5:39pm PST

      burgoo bistro !

    76. TriciaFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 6:59pm PST

      My mom just came back from Bin 942 and loved it — think I have to go try it now 😀

    77. lizFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 7:20pm PST

      The Hamilton Street Grill is simply scrumptious!

    78. HelenFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 7:26pm PST


    79. BonsSaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 3:38am PST

      Chambar is one of the participating restaurants.

    80. LyndseySaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 9:12am PST

      Wow… A pletora of amazing dining institutions to pick from (so proud we have so many participating!!!) I would have to say C, because I would probably never get there, if only for a special occassion. PLUS, they are oceanwise/sustainable! I heart fishies!

    81. LyndseySaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 9:13am PST

      Wow… A plethora of amazing dining institutions to pick from (so proud we have so many participating!!!) I would have to say C, because I would probably never get there, if only for a special occassion. PLUS, they are oceanwise/sustainable! I heart fishies!

    82. MavSaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 10:40am PST

      O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar

    83. Sunshine GSaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 2:37pm PST

      Abigail’s Party is one I’ve heard lots about and would love to try!

    84. JenSaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 5:30pm PST

      What an amazing prize! Found one in my own backyard: Browns Socialhouse in Port Moody.

    85. WesleySaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 6:18pm PST

      So many to choose from! I’ve never been to Bin 941. Would love to go.

    86. Tooth FairySaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 7:34pm PST

      Bridges Restaurant is participating ☺

    87. Tooth FairySaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 7:35pm PST


    88. JenSaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 10:12pm PST

      Creekbread in Whistler is participating….the best pizza I have ever had!!!

    89. JASaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 10:12pm PST

      CRU is one of the participating restaurants!

    90. AngieSaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 11:51pm PST

      One of my fave participating restaurants is Cru.

    91. DilaraSunday, March 13th, 2011 — 3:36am PDT

      I love that one of my favorite restaurants, Latitude, is a participating restaurant.

    92. lauraSunday, March 13th, 2011 — 9:53am PDT

      aubergine grill please!

    93. Melissa E.Sunday, March 13th, 2011 — 1:46pm PDT

      Browns Socialhouse in Langley is a participating DOFL restaurant!!

    94. LucieSunday, March 13th, 2011 — 3:55pm PDT

      One of my ‘go to’ brunch spots, Bandidas Taqueria, is a participant.

    95. MaktaaqSunday, March 13th, 2011 — 7:16pm PDT

      A participating restaurant that I visited recently was Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House.

    96. HarjitSunday, March 13th, 2011 — 8:12pm PDT

      I’ve heard of Joe Fortes, but I haven’t been able to go to any of the one’s participating. Would love to win!

    97. SarahSunday, March 13th, 2011 — 8:30pm PDT

      Opus Bar

    98. Tooth FairySunday, March 13th, 2011 — 11:30pm PDT


    99. Andrew C.Monday, March 14th, 2011 — 7:58am PDT

      The Reef

    100. ManuelMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 9:02am PDT

      Samaba Brazilian Steakhouse is participating. I really enjoyed my visit there, lots of great meat!!

    101. rinoMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 9:51am PDT

      Amici restaurant

    102. taniaMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 9:54am PDT

      Bin 942

    103. mariaMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 1:24pm PDT


    104. SarannaMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 1:25pm PDT

      The Coast O Lounge is participating this year.

    105. MatthewMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 1:44pm PDT

      C Restaurant!

    106. nocalMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 1:52pm PDT

      Love this!

    107. alana parkMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 4:21pm PDT

      Backstage Grille

    108. MicaelaMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 4:28pm PDT

      I woooouuulllddd love CHAMBAR! yum yum! thanks for the contest 🙂

    109. LindsayMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 4:30pm PDT

      Abigail’s Party!

    110. Keri HaywoodMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 4:30pm PDT

      Participating – and my fav – Le Gavroche! Best French food in Vancouver.

    111. mattMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 4:56pm PDT

      O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar!

    112. JanMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 4:56pm PDT

      I want to try The Pear Tree Restaurant again sometime. Thanks for the contest!

    113. DeeMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 6:35pm PDT

      Au Petit Chavignol. What a great restaurant.

    114. phyMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 7:05pm PDT

      Can’t go wrong with Chambar!

    115. SherryMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 8:36pm PDT

      Adesso Bistro is one of the participating restaurants

    116. LeaneMonday, March 14th, 2011 — 10:21pm PDT

      Burgoo Bistro West 10th

    117. AbigailTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 1:54am PDT

      Well as its my namesake…… I will say Abigail’s Party. Cheers

    118. Murray ATuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 8:51am PDT

      You gotta try Tuscany Restaurant (Bowen Island)…. just the best!!!

    119. TaigiTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 9:03am PDT

      The Elbow Room !

    120. SophiaTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 9:15am PDT

      O’Douls!! great wine and jazz!

    121. AretaTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 10:40am PDT

      Abigail’s Party!

    122. SandraTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 11:27am PDT

      Chambar is great!

    123. RubyTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 11:28am PDT

      Simba’s is a fave as well as Subeez

    124. jeanTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 2:32pm PDT

      Abigail’s Party – great to see them on the list and their weekend brunches are some of the best in the city.

    125. JimTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 2:55pm PDT


    126. CarolTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 2:56pm PDT

      I love Chambar

    127. TraceyTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 3:15pm PDT

      I love Brix. Haven’t been in too long. Perfect excuse to go.

    128. ChrisTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 4:56pm PDT

      The Eatery! Sit down, order up some Captain Crunch roles, briefly know what heaven tastes like, spend an extra hour at the gym the next day burning off the huge amount of calories it has while never once regretting the order. 😉

    129. AndreaTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 9:26pm PDT

      I’ll be eating at Calabash for Dine Out For Life! YUM.

    130. KatherineTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 10:36pm PDT

      Yes! La Brasserie, my favourite new find is on the list! Everyone should try it … amazing food 🙂

    131. JanetTuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 11:33pm PDT

      The Eatery!
      Miso hungry…

    132. Murray ATuesday, March 15th, 2011 — 11:43pm PDT

      Tuscany over here on Beautiful Bowen Island.

    133. JennyWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 12:14am PDT

      charm modern thai

    134. NorahWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 1:06am PDT

      Chambar is awesome!

    135. ErinWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 9:31am PDT

      Abigail’s Party! It’s our fav, go to restaurant.

    136. KristineWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 10:15am PDT

      So many great places participating! We often go to Abigails’s Party… I’d love to go out for my birthday dinner!!!!!

    137. Perry McCullochWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 12:39pm PDT

      I like that every location of Brown’s Social House is participating. I love the Point Grey location. I may try Port Moody this time.

    138. AnnWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 3:47pm PDT

      Abigail’s Party is participating…. it’s great for brunch, dinner or late night drinks! A kits gem!

    139. LiamWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 3:49pm PDT

      Cat’s Social House on Granville Island!!

    140. JohnWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 3:49pm PDT

      The New Bohemian

    141. HelenWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 3:49pm PDT

      Pourhouse Restaurant

    142. NatalieWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 3:50pm PDT

      Pondok Indonesia Restaurant

    143. jeanieWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 3:51pm PDT

      i heard O’Doul’s is really great for brunch! =)

    144. TomWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 4:23pm PDT

      Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

    145. Chris SlaterWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 4:32pm PDT


    146. IanWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 4:43pm PDT

      Central Bistro!

    147. StevenWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 4:44pm PDT

      Don Guacomole’s

    148. GraceWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 4:44pm PDT

      Joe’s Grill on Denman

    149. JeanieWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 10:06pm PDT

      Enigma is nice.

    150. ariWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 11:08pm PDT


    151. roseWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 11:16pm PDT

      Love this event! Great prize!

    152. aloWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 11:21pm PDT

      Look forward to dine out.

    153. YingWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 11:43pm PDT

      Good food experience for a great cause.

    154. peteWednesday, March 16th, 2011 — 11:52pm PDT

      Great list of participating eateries.

    155. Dennis L.Thursday, March 17th, 2011 — 12:49am PDT

      Chilli House Thai Bistro

    156. Shawn PainchaudThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 8:57am PDT

      O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar, of Course!! =) tweeting also @vanisler. =)

    157. Miss JaneThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 9:38am PDT

      Twisted Fork Bistro, since I just did a school project on these guys.

    158. Kevin MThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:51am PDT

      Will probably check out 100 Nights – It has great new decor and they support a lot of non-profits!

    159. Matt HThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:52am PDT

      Dining Out for Life 2011!

    160. KylaThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:52am PDT

      I’m going to go with The Eatery! Love that place 🙂

    161. JennyThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:53am PDT

      Abigail’s Party- love the atmosphere, great cocktails.

    162. NNThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:53am PDT

      Mangia E Bevi in West Van is participating.

    163. Cameron W.Thursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:54am PDT

      Burgoo Bistro Main Street!

    164. AllisonThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:54am PDT

      The Reef Restaurant

    165. HeidiThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:54am PDT

      Stephos, LaBodega, Milestones English Bay….some of my old favorites from my downtown days.

    166. BapiThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:55am PDT

      Thanks for the opportunity! One of the participating restaurants is Chambar.

    167. CadiThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:56am PDT

      Abigails Party and Chambar are two faves of mine participating in DOFL!

    168. RichardThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:56am PDT

      I’ve always wanted to go and check out the Jazz at O’Douls. Being a huge Jazz fan I tried the experience at The Cellar but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. Would love to check out O’Douls one day.

    169. Debbie WalkerThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:57am PDT

      O’Douls on Robson 4 SURE!!! xx/oo

    170. Jodie LightfootThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:57am PDT

      Thrilled to see the amazing Chambar Restaurant in Gastown is participating – I heart Chambar!

    171. Debbie WalkerThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 11:57am PDT

      O’Douls on Robson 4 SURE!!! xx/oo

    172. Debbie WalkerThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 12:00pm PDT


    173. Michele MyersThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 12:00pm PDT

      Irish Heather!

    174. SamirThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 12:05pm PDT

      Love Chambar!

    175. TimThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 1:51pm PDT

      Love the Pourhouse in Gastown!!!!

    176. Michelle WilliamsonThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 1:58pm PDT

      New Bohemian, in Kits! I was there last night and it was great.

    177. CassandraThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 6:37pm PDT

      Mozart Bakery & Cafe

    178. SherryThursday, March 17th, 2011 — 9:24pm PDT

      The Reef is one of participants

    179. ElaineMonday, March 21st, 2011 — 3:06pm PDT

      Definitely Bistrot Bistro. My favorite Kits restaurant

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